When you think about eating bugs, you're probably pretty disgusted. Well, what if I told you that eating bugs is a totally normal, if not, a delicious experience? Here's how: shellfish are in the insect family! Shellfish are not fish, instead they're exoskeleton-bearing aquatic invertebrates. There are many different types of shellfish and the two main groups that are consumed by humans are molluscs and crustaceans.
Molluscs are comprised of over 85,000 extant species, which include clams, mussels, oysters, winkles and scallops. Crustaceans are comprised of lobsters, crabs, shrimp, crayfish, krill, prawns and barncales. Another type of shellfish is the enchinoderm phylum which includes starfish, sea urchins, sand dollars and sea cucumbers.
We've seen many shellfish appear throughout popular culture. Some of the most prominent shellfish from television and film include Tamatoa the giant coconut crab from "Moana," Sebastian the crab from "The Little Mermaid," Eugene H. Krabs from "SpongeBob SquarePants," the curious oysters from "Alice in Wonderland," Pepe the King Prawn from "Muppets Tonight" and Jacques the cleaner shrimp from "Finding Nemo."
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